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Apr. 29th, 2010


Interested in making a difference?

daysofchange.org is having their official launch tomorrow (Friday, 30th April) on the Central Park lawn in the Perth CBD. Starting 1st May, daysofchange.org is encouraging all Western Australians to make small differences in their lives. It is being created as a social network where people can share their experiences and encourage each other along the way. Everyone who registers is encouraged to print a "pledge card" with a list of small differences that you as an individual can make that will add up and create a huge positive impact if a lot of people make them. They are aiming to engage 200,000 West Australians (10% of the population) in the pledge this year and are hoping to expand it throughout the country next year.

If you're not in Perth, check out their website here or have a look at their checklist if you want a neat little list of things you can do to be a bit more environmentally friendly. If you are in Perth tomorrow, take an early lunch break and head down to Central Park (southwest corner of Hay and William Street) - I hear they may even have free solar-powered smoothies!

x-posted to other communities and my own blog

May. 10th, 2009



World Environment Day - June 5th Your Planet Needs You ( Australia)

World environment day is coming up and all across australia landcare australia's campaign is " Your Planet Needs You"  ...
basically trying to spread the word that everyone can volunteer whatever skills they have, and if a opportunity in their local area comes up they will be notified. Its from sewing to running to diving to designing and hosting a bbq.

other ways you can help:
1. Wear Blue on Friday June 5
2. Volunteer a skill on the site www.yourplanetneedsyou.com.au

For everyone registered to take part in this campaign, Spicers Paper donates $2 to the landcare and Coastcare cause.

What other World Environment Day things are you guys doing?

Sep. 22nd, 2008

cute food fun


Old beds

For those in Victoria who want to get rid of an old bed and can't give it to charity, there is a recycling company called
Dreamsafe Recycling Pty ltd. They charge $25 for the first piece and $15 per subsequent piece and mattresses either go "to charity or are stripped and kept from landfill".
Phone no: 1300 551 245.

We just organised for them to get rid of our old QS mattress and base. It will cost us $40.

Sep. 20th, 2008




Hey folks, who is gardening this year? I have planted a bunch of stuff but am having mixed success... something is eating all my bok choy and coriander plants. The sandy soil in our area is a bit of a worry too, though I'm digging in the compost and hoping that will help. On the upside, my potted lettuces all seem to be thriving... mmm homegrown salad.
I'd love to hear what everyone else is planting, how you're dealing with bugs and soil and all the other inevitable setbacks, and the good things too!

Sep. 7th, 2008



COyou2 - Saving the planet one breath at a time

This site looks interesting, it's talking about personal carbon capture and storage as a strategy to prevent climate change:

"Did you know that human beings themselves are major emitters of carbon dioxide? We all know about reducing our electricity consumption and taking fewer flights, but isn’t all this a little pointless when one basic, everyday activity cancels it all out?

Each day every human being breathes out an average of 1 kg of CO2. That’s 0.38 tonnes a year. Now multiply that by 6.7 billion! That’s a lot of CO2.

COyou2 person carbon capture systems allow you to store that CO2 and do your bit to stop climate change. The COyou2 patented technology works by filtering the air you breathe out, capturing the carbon in a convenient lightweight backpack.

That’s why we all need to use personal carbon capture systems. At the end of the day, there are 21 million of us and only one government – so what are you waiting for?"

I've just ordered a catalogue, it's definitely worth checking out, after all, every little thing makes a difference. I never thought about human beings as being responsible for major carbon emissions, but I'm always looking for ways to lessen my carbon footprint.

What do you guys think?

Jun. 7th, 2008



Coastcare Expert Panel

just thought i'll share it with everyone here, if you would like to ask a coastal or marine expert a question
its running for 2 weeks

click here to join in the conversations : http://www.coastcare.com.au/Page/Expert+Panel.aspx

Nov. 11th, 2007

cute food fun


See you all at "Walk against Warming"

1pm State library, Melbourne, today. Also happening in other cities. Let's hope it is big.

Oct. 1st, 2007



Links (crossposted from my journal)

Article on why tree-based carbon offsets aren't a solution to fossil fuel consumption:
In brief, it's because they only take carbon out of the atmosphere temporarily, and they may have other costs particularly when the carbon usage of developed countries is offset by single-species plantations in developing countries. (Our household's carbon is offset by Greenfleet, who plant mixed forests in Australia. And yes, I know it would be better for us to just cut out air travel, but that is not going to happen. So I think it is better to use a temporary partial solution than to do nothing.)

An alternative is paying countries which have forests to NOT log them:
The link is to information about a petition to rainforest-rich countries proposing that they should be paid to ensure that the agreements exclude any industrial development. I found it while signing the petition below.

Petition to stop Gunns' stupidly huge pulp mill in Tassie:
This has a standard suggested text, which you can edit if you wish, and will be sent to Minister for the Environment Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition leader Kevin Rudd, Shadow Environment Minister Peter Garret, and a whole bunch of senators. Please send your concerns to Minister Turnbull before he is due to make his decision on the pulp mill on October 11.

You can learn what's happened recently in the fight against the pulp mill here:
and if you're interested in reading a sordid tale of political corruption and intimidation of the press and the people, check out this article:

Sep. 29th, 2007



recycled business cards

Okay, I need business cards, I have to print them myself, and I need them to be on recycled paper with vegetable based ink. All my attempts thus far to find somewhere in Australia that will do this for me have proven fruitless. Any ideas?

Edit: Didn't mean to sound so grumpy! :) Just wondering if anyone knows of some environmental friendly places in Australia - preferably vic - that prints recycled business cards.

Sep. 23rd, 2007

oh the joys of life


Help using planet-friendly cleaning products

OK people, I am in need of assistance. I have been trying to use more planet- and people-friendly cleaning products, but I just don't know what to do about my shower. I moved into a rental property six months ago, and when we moved in the grouting in the (rather old) shower was sparkling white. Now, it has many areas of brown/black/red that I don't know how to attack with my new philosophy of cleaning. I haven't dealt with a tiled shower in years. The only thing I have tried, really, is all-purpose cleaner and a good stiff scrubbing, as I'm having trouble getting my head around the science of the different cleaning ingredients and just don't know where to start. The all-purpose cleaner simply lightened the patches without removing them. I'd say the owners have not sealed the grout, so the mould is persistent. I'm thinking this stuff is gonna need the big guns, but, what are the big guns? I haven't used chlorine bleach yet, but this is the only other thing I can think of. Does anyone have any experience to share?

FYI these are the cleaning products I have on hand, feel free to let me know if I am missing something that would help me.

* Bi-carb soda
* White vinegar
* Cloudy ammonia
* Detergent
* Disinfectant
* Lemon juice
* Chlorine bleach

I do a weekly clean, so while I'll put in the extra effort to get rid of this lot, I'd love to find something that would keep this under control with only weekly attention. If I can't I guess I'll have to start drying the tiles after showers. It's depressing me to shower looking at this gunk.

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